Last week we reported on the latest woes of the University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou). Its spiral of declining enrollment was shown to increase apace, with this Fall’s freshman class having forty percent fewer students than the graduating class of 2018.
The decline in enrollment has been steady since the 2015 shut down of the university by radical progressive statists and their allies in the university faculty and administration. They wanted to seize control to institute a program of race-based education and existence where black and minority students, faculty, staff, and administration are given strong preferences over whites.
Well, this week another shoe dropped along with four hundred jobs at the university. Not to worry, not a single tenured professor will be dismissed. The school will make up the 16.6-million-dollar deficit loss in revenue from low enrollment by raising tuition on the students who did enroll, and by dropping non-tenured faculty and support staff.
But wait, there’s more:
The deficit created by enrollment is coupled with a $14.7 million, or 6.4 percent, cut from the state. It’s a cut that’s not unlike one that many other public four-year universities face after higher education took a hit in the governor’s proposed budget on top of withholdings for the year.
Mizzou still has a leadership vacuum with interim after interim appointees. Another new one was announced this week as well. Perhaps if they can find someone who will assert the college as a place of higher learning rather than progressive indoctrination they could see an uptick in enrollment rather than decline. Or, maybe they’ll double down, hire more professors like Melissa Click and see the school ghettoized as a lesser Brown or Berkeley where people go not to learn about and confront the world, but be coddled and shielded from all struggle like a hothouse flower.